Monday Mystery

Monday Mystery!

Can you identify the play from which this quote is taken?

And, for I know thou’rt full of love and honesty,
And weigh’st thy words before thou givest them breath,
Therefore these stops of thine fright me the more:
For such things in a false disloyal knave
Are tricks of custom, but in a man that’s just
They are close delations, working from the heart
That passion cannot rule.”

For bonus points, can you identify the characters in the scene?

Monday Mystery

Hello Shakespeare fans!

As we gear up for our upcoming production of Hamlet, I thought I would post something from the play. So, who can identify the speaker of this quote?

“This above all: to thine own self be true,
And it must follow, as the night the day,
Thou canst not then be false to any man.”

Be sure to book your tickets for Hamlet! Show runs Dec. 2nd – 6th, tickets are $15 and can be booked at or by calling 416-703-4881.

See you soon!

Monday Mystery!

Good morning everyone.   I absolutely love Shakespeare’s History Plays, and after watching the fantastic BBC series – The Hollow Crown over the weekend,  I wanted to make this week’s Monday Mystery about the Histories!


Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown.

From what History Play does this famous line come from?


Image: Public domain Clip Art –

By Linda Nicoll

Monday Mystery – Shakespeare word game!

Good afternoon everyone, and welcome to this week’s round of Monday Mystery. Fill in the missing letters from the following Shakespeare quotes:

  1. _a_ _  is  _oul…
  2. _ _he_l_   (a play)
  3. A d_ _h fit for the gods.

Once you’ve figured out the letters, unscramble them to reveal a famous Shakespeare text!
(Hint: it’s two words long)

Monday Mystery – Earth Day edition


Happy Earth Day, everyone! Shakespeare’s works have no shortage of mentions to the natural world. From weather patterns and ocean currents, to a wide classification of flora and fauna….the Bard could’ve been a budding naturalist! Take a gander at today’s nature-related Monday Mystery:

“When daisies pied and violets blue
And lady-smocks all silver-white
And cuckoo-buds of yellow hue
Do paint the meadows with delight.”

Which play is this quote taken from?

a) A Midsummer Night’s Dream
b) Love’s Labour’s Lost
c) Romeo and Juliet
d) Hamlet

(Bonus points if you can identify the speaker as well!)

Until next time,

Monday Mystery – The Tyrant Speaks


“But I have none: the king-becoming graces,
As justice, verity, temperance, stableness,
Bounty, perseverance, mercy, lowliness,
Devotion, patience, courage, fortitude,
I have no relish of them, but abound
In the division of each several crime,
Acting it many ways. Nay, had I power, I should
Pour the sweet milk of concord into hell,
Uproar the universal peace, confound
All unity on earth.”

Who is speaking here, and in what play? Also – what is the ironic twist about this speech?

Monday Mystery – The Riddle of the Chests

As the new week begins, the sacred ritual continues – the Monday Mystery! This week’s entry uses a riddle written into one of Shakespeare’s most famous (and infamous?) plays – The Merchant of Venice – and concerns the marriage of Portia, one of his strongest and most independent female leads.

Her father, wishing her to be happy, desires her to be married only to a suitor who can pick the correct option (containing Portia’s image) out of three chests,

“The first, of gold, who this inscription bears,
‘Who chooseth me shall gain what many men desire;’
The second, silver, which this promise carries,
‘Who chooseth me shall get as much as he deserves;’
This third, dull lead, with warning all as blunt,
‘Who chooseth me must give and hazard all he hath.’ (Merchant II.vii.990-995)

Here’s three questions to ponder

1. What do you think the ‘right’ answer would be and why?

2. If you were in Portia’s shoes, which answer – ‘right’ or not – would you hope for?

3. When it comes to someone you love, which is most important to preserve – their freedom, their safety, or their happiness?

Thanks for coming out to see our Monday Mystery – see you tomorrow!